Arvid Johnson, 86, father of Cherry Grove resident


Arvid Johnson

Arvid Robert Johnson, 86, of Rochester and formerly of Hayfield, died peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born in Hayfield on April 20, 1932. He was the third of three children born to Alfred and Geneva (Spiten) Johnson.

He married Norma Lee on Aug. 30, 1950.

The couple lived and farmed in Hayfield until 1964. From there they moved to Rochester where they raised their nine children. He was employed by Marigold Foods for 25 years. After retirement in 1988, the farm roots called them back to rural Hayfield to an 80-acre hobby farm. If he wasn't in the fields, he was in his shop where throughout a 25-year span he restored and collected antique tractors, his favorite being John Deere. He enjoyed taking the tractors to an annual threshing event and also to many parades. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends, he loved telling jokes and playing cards. He was a good Norwegian man who kept his heritage alive with an annual lutefisk dinner with his family. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Norma Johnson of Rochester; eight children, Daniel (Gail) Johnson of Pine River, Minn., Susan (Steven) Laack of Cherry Grove, Randy (Kathy) Johnson of Kasson, Ricky (Tammy) Johnson of Rochester, Linda Johnson of Rochester, Jeff (Virginia) Johnson of West Concord, Minn., Brad Johnson of Rochester and Tammy (Ray) Ellison of Rochester; 26 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby and Delores; two sons, Duane and Leslie and a grandson, Cory.

The memorial service for him will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Anjanette Bandel officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. 

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